TOBY play-pad application to teach children with ASD – a pilot trial

Moore, Dennis W., Venkatesh, Svetha, Anderson, Angelika, Greenhill, Stewart, Phung, Dinh, Duong, Thi, Cairns, Darin, Marshall, Wendy and Whitehouse, Andrew J.O. 2015, TOBY play-pad application to teach children with ASD – a pilot trial, Developmental neurorehabilitation, vol. 18, no. 4, pp. 213-217, doi: 10.3109/17518423.2013.784817.

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Title TOBY play-pad application to teach children with ASD – a pilot trial
Author(s) Moore, Dennis W.
Venkatesh, SvethaORCID iD for Venkatesh, Svetha
Anderson, Angelika
Greenhill, Stewart
Phung, DinhORCID iD for Phung, Dinh
Duong, Thi
Cairns, Darin
Marshall, Wendy
Whitehouse, Andrew J.O.
Journal name Developmental neurorehabilitation
Volume number 18
Issue number 4
Start page 213
End page 217
Total pages 5
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Oxford, Eng.
Publication date 2015
ISSN 1751-8423
Keyword(s) autism
early and intensive behavioural intervention
learn unit
therapy outcomes by you
Summary  Purpose: To investigate use patterns and learning outcomes associated with the use of Therapy Outcomes By You (TOBY. Playpad, an early intervention iPad application. Methods: Participants were 33 families with a child with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) aged 16 years or less, and with a diagnosis of autism or pervasive developmental disorder - not otherwise specified, and no secondary diagnoses. Families were provided with TOBY and asked to use it for 4-6 weeks, without further prompting or coaching. Dependent variables included participant use patterns and initial indicators of child progress. Results: Twenty-three participants engaged extensively with TOBY, being exposed to at least 100 complete learn units and completing between 17% and 100% of the curriculum. Conclusions: TOBY may make a useful contribution to early intervention programming for children with ASD delivering high rates of appropriate learning opportunities. Further research evaluating the efficacy of TOBY in relation to independent indicators of functioning is warranted.
Language eng
DOI 10.3109/17518423.2013.784817
Field of Research 080602 Computer-Human Interaction
Socio Economic Objective 890201 Application Software Packages (excl. Computer Games)
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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